Remember When We Could Speak Freely by Robert Socha
It used to be that we could speak our minds and freely express ourselves through our words. It wasn’t just an afterthought either; it was a God-given right. Not only is it a God-given right, or was it a God-given right, but the First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects it. But, unfortunately, we have lost sight of that as a culture and society, and it is a damnable offense.
Foolishly our culture defends a person’s manufactured “right” not to be offended and prefers that over a true God-ordained constitutionally protected right to speak freely. And this fool-hearted crusade is wreaking havoc on everything that is good and true.
Whether you agree with him or not, a man has the right to say things that another man might find either offensive, controversial, or laughably false. However, I would argue there is a moral obligation to be respectful in language and emotion. I don’t see lawsuits condemning flat earthers, moon landing deniers, or Kennedy assassination conspirators. Yet there is a man in the United States of America who had a civil judgment against him because he had the prevailing unpopular opinion that a specific disaster in an elementary school was a false-flag operation. Because he spoke to these conspiracies and frustrated and humiliated the grieving families, a jury of his peers granted a civil judgment of almost $1 billion against him.
How is that OK!
I do not believe that considering somebody’s anguish should be the defining factor in maintaining silence on something you believe to be true. If you know something to be true, you should declare it unequivocally and not be shamed or intimidated into silence.
Although, it is irrelevant whether what he said is true or not. Certainly, his exculpatory actions did not consider the families’ feelings and emotions about the tragic loss of so many young ones. And his wide-eyed condemnation of another supposed conspiratorial event exacerbating their anguish notwithstanding, how can this justify any monitary compensation, nonetheless US $1B?
Now I’m not equating these two examples. Still, I’m using it as a catalyst of encouragement for us to speak truths, to speak our minds without the fear of financial retribution or, God forbid, imprisonment. Jesus himself said the world would be offended because of Him. And when we speak biblical truths these days, it appears that the whole world is on fire trying to discredit, denounce, defame, demonetize, de-platform, and destroy those who continue to speak his truth.
I take this simple letter as an opportunity to say speak your mind. I will forever encourage you to wrap that mind in the word of God, specifically the Canon of scripture known as the Bible, ensuring the things you say are true because that is important. Equally important is maintaining the position of absolute truth, for I would remind you, dear reader, that there is truth and falsehood. The heavenly battle in this clear and present danger is ripping the fabric of our society and tearing at the depths of our souls, trying to torment us into acquiescence, submission, and irrelevance.
It is right to speak your mind, and there are responsibilities in doing so; you must be respectful. It is also suitable to confront heresy and idiocy when confronted by it and not back down when challenged. But, being seasoned in Love, we must declare a thing and not be ashamed to do so. We must say up is up and down is down. We must say right is right and wrong is wrong. It is not only necessary to speak your mind, but of utmost importance because the ability to do so is under constant attack, and the outcome of that left unchecked is totalitarianism, which never turns out well for anyone, primarily the common man. The difficulty here, of course, is maintaining your composure, especially when the debate is heated. But we are not those who need to be ashamed. We who are born from above must do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before our God.
About the Author
Robert Socha, BIO Robert Socha (so-ha), was born in southern California. He served 5 years 3 months active duty in the United States Air Force; honorably. After his service he took an Associate’s Degree in Practical Theology, where, through his studies, developed a deep love of God and Country and sincere appreciation of the value of Liberty. Robert and his beloved wife of 21-plus years are raising 4 beautiful Texan children. They moved to Hillsdale, Michigan, in 2013, to put their children in Hillsdale Academy. Robert is a sales professional. He and his wife consider Michigan a hidden gem, and absolutely love this city and state (current political environment notwithstanding) they’ve adopted.